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 +====== March 12, 1992 - West Virginia vs. UMass ======
 +  * Season: [[season_1991-92|1991-92]]
 +  * Date: Thursday, March 12, 1992
 +  * Opponent: [[opponent_west_virginia|West Virginia]]
 +  * Start Time: 9:05 PM ET
 +  * Site: [[Curry Hicks Cage]]
 +  * Special Event: [[conference_tournaments|Atlantic 10 Tournament]],​ Final. Seeds: UMass 1, West Virginia 3.
 +  * TV: ESPN
 +===== Previews =====
 +==== Boston Globe ====
 +**Reservations grow over seeding of Minutemen in NCAAs**\\
 +By Mark Blaudschun, [[http://​​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/11/1992
 +Brendan Raftery and Associated Press contributed to
 +this report.
 +If you are a UMass basketball fan and hope to see the Minutemen in next
 +week's first- and second-round NCAA tournament East Regional games in
 +Worcester, don't make your reservations yet.
 +The fate of the Minutemen, who play West Virginia tomorrow night in the
 +Atlantic 10 tournament final, rests in the seedings.
 +If you take Duke, as the No. 1 seed in the East, and put it in the other East
 +subregional in Greensboro, N.C., then the No. 2, 3 and 6 seeds will be in
 +Barring major upsets in this weekend'​s conference tournaments,​ the
 +Minutemen do not figure to merit a No. 3 seed. But they could be either
 +No. 4 or No. 5, which would put them in Greensboro, not Worcester.
 +One of the criteria used to determine seeds is computer power ratings. The
 +two ratings looked at last week by the NCAA listed UMass ninth and 16th.
 +If UMass beats West Virginia, an argument could be made to seed it as
 +high as third, but that would take talented teams such as Ohio State, USC,
 +Kentucky and Arizona to all lose over the next few days.
 +While the tournament committee says it will try to keep teams in their own
 +geographic regions, it was referring to the region as a whole, rather than a
 +subregional site.
 +UMass could be placed in Greensboro and still wind up in the East
 +Regional semifinals in Philadelphia,​ which would be in their geographic
 +Tickets for the Atlantic 10 final went on sale at 8:30 a.m. yesterday and
 +were sold out by 10 a.m.
 +According to Pam Cherofsky in the UMass ticket office, students began
 +lining about 8:30 Monday night, during halftime of the UMass-URI semifinal
 +"It was crazy, the police were out there, people had sleeping bags and
 +futons, everyone had fun," said Cherofsky, who added that the scene was
 +peaceful, with no arrests made.
 +Cherofsky said approximately 4,000 to 5,000 people were in line by the
 +time the windows opened. ​
 +**It won't be a secret meeting\\
 +Familiar rivals UMass, W. Virginia square off in Atlantic 10**\\
 +By Joe Burris, [[http://​​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/12/1992
 +Any major concerns with strategy or personnel would be meaningless at this
 +point. The University of Massachusetts and West Virginia play each other at
 +least twice per season, know each other'​s strengths and weaknesses and
 +know that it's too late to implement a new defense or trick play.
 +When the teams meet in the Atlantic 10 tourmanent final tonight at 9 at
 +Curry Hicks Cage, the primary factor deciding who will walk away with the
 +automatic bid to the NCAA tournament will likely be which team comes
 +most prepared to play.
 +Other factors have been secondary this year. UMass coach John Calipari
 +talks about West Virginia'​s size on the front line, but that didn't keep the
 +Minutemen from claiming a 74-69 overtime win at Morgantown Feb. 27.
 +West Virginia coach Gale Catlett talks about UMass' experienced starting
 +lineup (three seniors, two juniors), but his team did what no other Atlantic
 +10 club has done all season -- beat UMass at the Cage (76-75 Jan. 8).
 +The teams have shown they are deep. Tonight West Virginia will be without
 +sophomore guard Marsalis Basey (left arm), who spearheaded the effort at
 +the Cage with 8 points, 8 assists and 3 steals.
 +"But his replacement,​ Mike Boyd, is like a Rod Foster clone,"​ said Calipari.
 +"​It'​s tough to do things like pressing them because he's so quick he'll go right
 +by you."
 +UMass forward Tony Barbee has been suffering from a flu-like virus and
 +was confined to his bed until yesterday. He is expected to play.
 +Catlett figures UMass is so deep that any shuffling can be easily done
 +without the Minutemen losing much. "​Reserve forward Lou Roe is good
 +enough to start for other teams,"​ said Catlett. "As is reserve guard Mike
 +Thus, both coaches know the key is to get their teams focused. Catlett said
 +he doesn'​t figure there will be much of a problem in that department. "I don't
 +think you will have a tough time getting these teams to realize what they'​re
 +playing for," said the Mountaineer coach, whose 20-10 team needs a win to
 +impress the NCAA selection committee more than UMass, which at 27-4
 +(ranked 22d in the nation) figures to be a lock for the big dance. Catlett
 +added that his main concern is that his team has just one senior and, since
 +West Virginia hasn't made the conference final since 1987, it will be a new
 +UMass made the final two years ago, when many of the Minutemen were
 +sophomores and freshmen. But Calipari already is concerned with
 +motivating his team, which struggled against Rhode Island in the semifinals.
 +When Calipari motivates his team well, it appears capable of playing against
 +just about anyone, as Oklahoma (which lost to UMass, 76-63) and Iowa
 +State (which lost, 73-53) found out this season. When the team doesn'​t get
 +motivated, the players spend the night struggling and the coach spends the
 +night practically losing his voice from screaming.
 +"​We'​re going to have to try to play with more emotion,"​ said Calipari. “I
 +looked at West Virginia after they beat Temple 44-41 in the other semifinal,
 +and they were hugging each other, jumping all over the floor. After our
 +game, the first thing the players asked me was, 'Where can we get
 +something to eat?'
 +"​We'​re going to have to play with more passion. In the first tournament
 +game a 106-94 win over Rutgers, I thought that we played with emotion,
 +but it was because some of my players were upset with who received
 +awards at the awards banquet the night before. Now we need something
 +else to motivate us."
 +===== Recaps =====
 +==== UMass Athletics ====
 +//From the UMass Basketball 1992-93 Media Guide, published by [[http://​|UMass Athletics]]//​
 +The Minutemen raced to a 34-9 advantage, hitting 14 of their first 20 shots in the first 12 minutes, and brought UM its first Atlantic 10 title, an automatic NCAA tournament berth and 12th-straight win in front of a nationally televised ESPN audience. ​ This was the 21st straight UM home game against Division I competition that would be sold out.
 +[[williams_harper|Harper Williams]], who was named the tournament'​s MVP after being named the 1991-92 Player-of-the-Year,​ scored a team-high 18 points to lead five UMass players in double figures for the 11th time this season. ​ [[roe_lou|Lou Roe]], who joined Williams, [[brown_anton|Anton Brown]] and [[mccoy_jim|Jim McCoy]] on the All-Tournament team, had a career-high 17 points including 12 in what Coach [[calipari_john|John Calipari]] termed the "best first half of basketball we have played all season." ​ Roe led UMass with ten rebounds, six offensive.
 +The Minutemen shot 60 percent from the field in the first half en route to a 52-28 halftime advantage. ​ West Virginia never came closer than 15 until the final two minutes.
 +==== Boston Globe ====
 +**UMass roars by W. Virginia into NCAA Tourney**\\
 +By Joe Burris, [[http://​​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/13/1992
 +AMHERST -- The past seems so distant now. Two wins in 1980? Three in
 +1981? Home crowds small enough to fit in the back seat of a Honda Civic?
 +Conference opponents whose mouths watered when they came to town?
 +The present state of the University of Massachusetts basketball program
 +seems so far removed from those years -- and the future may make them
 +UMass continues to reach milestones in the greatest season in school
 +history, each time making more people take notice. Last night the
 +top-seeded Minutemen jumped out to a 26-point first-half lead, then held
 +off a late West Virginia rally to defeat the third-seeded Mountaineers,​
 +97-91, for the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament championship. The win
 +raised the 22d-ranked Minutemen'​s record to 28-4 and gives them an
 +automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The basketball program
 +continues to shed its claim to fame as the school that produced Dr. J but
 +little else.
 +"​We'​re excited about the bid, but we knew three games ago that we were
 +going to the tournament,"​ said UMass coach John Calipari. "Right now it's
 +a matter of seedings, where do we go and who do we play."
 +"​They'​ve done a great job all year long, and I think they'​ll do very well in
 +the NCAA tournament,"​ said West Virginia coach Gale Catlett, whose
 +team slipped to 20-11 but will more than likely earn an NCAA bid as well.
 +UMass junior center Harper Williams, who was named tournament most
 +valuable player, led five double-figure scorers with 18 points as the
 +Minutemen shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half en route to a
 +52-28 halftime lead. The Atlantic 10 player of the year scored 7 points,
 +spurring the Minutemen to a 9-2 lead.
 +The home crowd had gotten into the game with UMass' opening surge. But
 +things really got noisy when forward Jim McCoy blocked a jumper by
 +WVU sharpshooter Chris Leonard seconds later. It was just one of many
 +possessions on which West Virginia came away empty; poor shooting was
 +the major culprit.
 +UMass, meanwhile, continued its blazing start. The Minutemen outscored
 +WVU, 14-1, to take a 23-5 lead with 12:27 left in the half. West Virginia
 +scored on a turnaround jumper by Pervires Greene with 11:59 left to break
 +a five-minute drought.
 +"In the first five, we acted as if we were half a step behind,"​ said Catlett. "In
 +the second five, we were a step behind, and it just went downhill from
 +there. When we played here in the regular season, we were down, 19-10,
 +but we came back to lead at halftime, and in the second half, we dictated
 +the tempo. This game we couldn'​t do that."
 +UMass kept mounting surges, its next an 11-4 run that raised the lead to
 +34-9 with 8:51 left in the half. West Virginia cut it to 34-16 but could never
 +stage a serious threat. With 1:20 left, Anton Brown hit a 3-point basket,
 +giving the Mintuemen a 48-22 lead.
 +"The first half was as good as we've played all year," said Calipari. "I know
 +there were some coaches who tuned in the first half and said, 'Oh no, I
 +don't want to play them in the tournament.'​ But if they tuned in the second
 +half, they said, 'Oh yes, I'd like to play them.' "
 +That's because West Virginia staged a dramatic comeback to make the
 +game interesting. UMass led, 79-59, with 7:08 left before West Virginia
 +(which shot 38 percent from the floor in the first half) began to hit shots that
 +would not fall before intermission. The lead was cut to 90-79 with 1:26 left
 +and 90-81 with 1:10 to go. But UMass hit seven of eight free throws in the
 +last minute to seal the victory.
 +===== Box Score =====
 +^ ^^^  TOTAL  ^^^  3-PTS  ^^^ ^^^  REBOUNDS ​ ^^^ ^^^^^^^
 +^WEST VIRGINIA^ ^Min^FG^FGA^Pct^FG^FGA^Pct^FT^FTA^Pct^Off^Def^Tot^PF^FO^A^TO^Blk^Stl^Pts^
 +|Robinson, Ricky|F|28|8|10|.800|0|0|--|1|1|1.000|2|4|6|2|0|0|3|1|0|17|
 +|Pollard, Lawrence|F|21|3|6|.500|2|4|.500|0|0|--|2|1|3|5|1|0|1|0|1|8|
 +|Bodkin, Jeremy|C|22|5|7|.714|0|0|--|0|0|--|0|1|1|2|0|1|0|0|0|10|
 +|Leonard, Chris|G|30|4|12|.333|2|7|.286|2|2|1.000|0|1|1|5|1|3|2|0|2|12|
 +|Boyd, Mike|G|30|8|12|.667|0|0|--|0|0|--|1|5|6|3|0|9|5|0|2|16|
 +|Shelton, Tracy| |21|2|8|.250|1|2|.500|2|2|1.000|0|0|0|4|0|5|2|0|1|7|
 +|Green, Pervires| |30|8|15|.533|1|2|.500|4|6|.667|3|4|7|5|1|2|1|0|0|21|
 +|Wilson, Phil| |13|0|3|.000|0|0|--|0|0|--|1|5|6|2|0|0|0|3|1|0|
 +|Grmuss, Nenad| |1|0|0|--|0|0|--|0|0|--|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|
 +|Roadcap, Matt| |3|0|0|--|0|0|--|0|1|.000|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|1|0|
 +|McNeely, Tim| |1|0|0|--|0|0|--|0|0|--|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|
 +|TEAM REBOUNDS||||||||||||1|2|3| |||||||
 +|TOTALS| |200|38|73|.521|6|15|.400|9|12|.750|10|23|33|28|3|20|14|4|8|91|
 +|First half|||11|29|.379|0|6|.000|6|8|.750| |||||||||28|
 +|Second half|||27|44|.614|6|9|.667|3|4|.750| |||||||||63|
 +|Fast break points|31|
 +|Points off turnovers|15|
 +|Second chance points|13|
 +|Points in the paint|54|
 +|Deadball rebounds|2|
 +^ ^^^  TOTAL  ^^^  3-PTS  ^^^ ^^^  REBOUNDS ​ ^^^ ^^^^^^^
 +^MASSACHUSETTS^ ^Min^FG^FGA^Pct^FG^FGA^Pct^FT^FTA^Pct^Off^Def^Tot^PF^FO^A^TO^Blk^Stl^Pts^
 +|Barbee, Tony|F|28|5|13|.385|1|5|.200|4|5|.800|0|7|7|2|0|6|0|0|1|15|
 +|Williams, Harper|F|26|7|10|.700|0|1|.000|4|4|1.000|0|4|4|4|0|4|1|0|0|18|
 +|Herndon, William|C|33|4|5|.800|0|0|--|1|4|.250|3|2|5|0|0|3|6|0|3|9|
 +|Brown, Anton|G|31|3|6|.500|2|3|.667|2|4|.500|0|1|1|2|0|6|1|1|0|10|
 +|McCoy, Jim|G|32|5|10|.500|0|1|.000|7|9|.778|0|3|3|2|0|2|3|1|1|17|
 +|Williams, Michael| |9|1|2|.500|0|1|.000|0|0|--|0|0|0|3|0|3|1|0|0|2|
 +|Roe, Lou| |29|6|10|.600|0|0|--|5|6|.833|6|4|10|0|0|1|0|2|0|17|
 +|Malloy, Jerome| |12|2|6|.333|1|3|.333|4|4|1.000|2|0|2|2|0|1|2|0|1|9|
 +|TEAM REBOUNDS||||||||||||0|5|5| |||||||
 +|TOTALS| |200|33|62|.532|4|14|.286|27|36|.750|11|26|37|15|0|26|14|4|6|97|
 +|First half|||18|30|.600|4|9|.444|12|13|.923| |||||||||52|
 +|Second half|||15|32|.469|0|5|.000|15|23|.652| |||||||||45|
 +|Fast break points|22|
 +|Points off turnovers|19|
 +|Second chance points|10|
 +|Points in the paint|46|
 +|Deadball rebounds|4|
 +|Score by Periods|1st|2nd|OT1|OT2|OT3|Final|
 +|WEST VIRGINIA|28|63| | | |91|
 +|MASSACHUSETTS|52|45| | | |97|
 +|Officials|Gerry Donoghy, Art McDonald, Murph Shapiro|
 +|Technical Fouls|0|
 +{{tag>"​West Virginia"​ "A-10 Tournament"​}}
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